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Police have released a photo taken the day of Shepard's abduction, showing Shepard wearing a gray American flag t-shirt and an Iowa Cubs baseball hat, not a Minnesota Vikings hat as previously reported. Police have released a photo taken the day of Shepard's abduction, showing Shepard wearing a gray American flag t-shirt and an Iowa Cubs baseball hat, not a Minnesota Vikings hat as previously reported.
Kathlynn Shepard is 5'6", weighs 160 pounds and has blonde hair, blue eyes and braces. Kathlynn Shepard is 5'6", weighs 160 pounds and has blonde hair, blue eyes and braces.
Kathlynn Shepard is 5'6", weighs 160 pounds and has blue eyes and blonde hair. Kathlynn Shepard is 5'6", weighs 160 pounds and has blue eyes and blonde hair.
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WEBSTER COUNTY (KWWL) -

Law enforcement will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Dayton Community Center regarding new information in the abduction of Kathlynn Shepard, 15, of Dayton.

At the press conference, officials will update the public on evidence found in and around the various locations where Shepard may have visited.

Search efforts continue today in Webster, Boone and Hamilton counties.

Those who would like to volunteer to help with the search are asked to call Webster County Emergency Management at 515-571-6483. Please leave a message for search coordinators indicating your name and contact number, as well as any resources you may be able to provide.

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Police and K9 officers have located a missing Webster County teen's backpack and a photo of her the day of her abduction as the search for her continues.

Kathlynn Shepard, 15, was abducted along with a 12-year-old girl by a registered sex offender on Monday afternoon.

Her abductor, Michael Klunder, 42, was later found dead. The 12-year-old escaped from Klunder and ran to a nearby house.

Officers located Shepard's backpack Tuesday night in the 400 block of Kale Avenue in Boone County.

They have also released a photo taken the day of Shepard's abduction, showing Shepard wearing a gray American flag t-shirt and an Iowa Cubs baseball hat, not a Minnesota Vikings hat as previously reported.

Officials are asking hunters in the area with cameras to review footage on those cameras and report any findings to law enforcement by calling (515) 573-1410.

The family of Shepard released a statement Wednesday afternoon:

"We would like to thank everybody who took the time from their busy lives to help search for Kathlynn," the family said in a statement released by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. "To see so much love in our community and the surrounding areas is amazing. Thank you for all of your prayers and we hope to have Kathlynn home soon.

"We know that members of the public and media want to talk to us," the statement continued. "Please understand, the idea of doing an interview is too overwhelming right now. Until Kathlynn is found, we'll remain focused on our family and ask that any requests for information or comment be directed to the DCI."

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More than 120 officers and 200 first responders and volunteers searched throughout the day in Webster, Boone and Hamilton counties in an attempt to locate a missing Webster County 15-year-old.

The search for Kathlynn Shepard has been driven by investigative leads, according to Iowa Department of Public Safety. Law enforcement is searching locations within 20 miles of Dayton.

These locations include areas around four different addresses that law enforcement know were associated with the abduction:

* The intersection of 1st Avenue SW and 7th Street SW, Dayton, where Kathlynn and a 12-year-old girl were abducted shortly after exiting their school bus.

* 3023 400th Street in rural Pilot Mound, where the 12-year-old girl escaped from the abductor and ran to a nearby home at approximately 4:30 p.m.

* 339 Taylor Avenue in rural Dayton, where the suspect, Michael J. Klunder, 42, was found dead at approximately 8 p.m. Preliminary information indicates Klunder died of self-inflicted injuries. His red Toyota Tundra pickup, which was described by the 12-year-old, was also located at this address.

* 924 Byron Street, Stratford, Klunder's residence.

Police ask that residents with any information surrounding Kathlynn's whereabouts or the whereabouts of her suspected abductor, or who have come in contact with Klunder between 3 and 8 p.m. on Monday, to please contact law enforcement immediately at (515) 573-1410.

Residents in and around the area where Boone, Webster and Hamilton counties meet are particularly asked to keep an eye out for the missing girl.

Kathlynn is 5'6" and 160 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes, as well as braces. She was last seen wearing jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a Minnesota Vikings baseball cap.

Additional volunteers are not needed at this time but may be needed in the near future.

If you would like to contribute to the search for Kathlynn, please call Webster County Emergency Management at 515-571-6483. Please leave a message for search coordinators indicating your name and contact number, as well as any resources you may be able to provide.

Additional information will be provided as the search for Kathlynn and the criminal investigation proceeds.

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Law enforcement officials are asking for the public's help to find a missing 15-year-old girl.

Kathlynn Shepard was reported missing Monday afternoon. Another juvenile says the pair were abducted after taking a ride from a stranger.

Law enforcement officials say they believe they have found the abductor, but have not found Shepard.

People who live in the area where Boone, Webster and Hamilton counties meet are being asked to keep an eye out for the missing girl.

She's 5'6", weighs 160 pounds and has blue eyes and blonde hair.

Officials in Dayton and Webster County are working with the Iowa Department of Public Safety in this investigation.

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